File:Homer British Museum.jpg|thumb|right| Idealized portrayal of Homer dating to the Hellenistic period. British Museum.
'''Homer''' ( , ''Hómēros'') is the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the semi-legendary author of the ''Iliad
'' and the ''Odyssey
'', two epic poems which are the central works of Greek language|Greek
literature. Many ancient accounts of Homer|accounts of Homer's life
circulated in classical antiquity
, the most widespread being that he was a blind bard from Ionia
, a region of central coastal Anatolia
in present-day Turkey
. The modern scholarly consensus is that these traditions do not have any historical value.
The Homeric question
- by whom, when, where and under what circumstances were the ''Iliad'' and ''Odyssey'' composed - continues to be debated. Broadly speaking, modern scholarly opinion on the authorship question falls...